ABU DHABI, 17th December, 2022 (WAM) – H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and Chairman of the Education and Human Resources Council (EHRC), presided over the council’s meeting held remotely via video conferencing.
During the meeting, Sheikh Abdullah directed the Council to work on standardising policies and systems of national and international tests that students undergo in schools, to benefit them in a way that is in line with the efforts exerted to develop the education system and achieves national aspirations.
He said that exams should be an effective tool to identify the true level of students’ basic knowledge, capabilities and skills, and to provide authorities with accurate information about their performance in order to set development policies and required changes in systems and curricula.
He also highlighted the need for these exams to be consistent with students’ educational experience, their inclinations and abilities in order for them to achieve their best potential to contribute to building the nation’s future.
In this regard, H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed reaffirmed the importance of the National Center for Educational Quality Enhancement, as it was established to evaluate the educational system and measure educational outcomes, including students’ performance in tests, with the aim of improving the quality of education in the country.
For her part, Sarah bint Yousif Al Amiri, Minister of State for Public Education and Advanced Technology and Chairwoman of the Emirates Schools Establishment (ESE), reviewed an updated plan for evaluating public school students policy.
She outlined that under the guidance of the UAE’s wise leadership, ESE will begin implementing the policy in the second semester of the current academic year, as the establishment listened to parents, teachers and students, and reviewed Grade 12 outputs, as well as universities’ requirements, and found that it must increase transparency with parents about the actual levels of students.
She also affirmed that evaluation is the basis for planning to raise the skills level of public school graduates.
Al Amiri added that Emirates Schools Establishment seeks to link apprenticeship with clear cumulative competencies, skills and experience for all main and supportive educational positions, as well as detailing stimulating and rewarding career paths for workers in the sector and encouraging graduates to choose teaching professions.
Dr. Ahmad Belhoul Al Falasi, Minister of Education, reviewed a set of proposals and recommendations for developing and updating the system of “Equivalency of a General Education” certificate issued by private schools within the country.
He stressed that the Ministry of Education aims to achieve the highest levels of quality of educational outputs, and to improve the services provided to students and parents, through integrated systems that are being developed in coordination with the educational authorities.
The meeting was attended by Dr. Ahmad Belhoul Al Falasi, Minister of Education; Sarah bint Yousif Al Amiri, Minister of State for Public Education and Advanced Technology; Shamma bint Suhail Faris Al Mazrui, Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Secretary-General of the Council; Sara Musallam, Minister of State for Early Education; Dr. Abdulla Al Karam, Director General of Knowledge and Human Development Authority; and Dr. Muhadditha Al Hashimi, Chairperson of the Sharjah Private Education Authority.